Raw Chocolate Almond Butter Cheesecake Bars (Vegan, Paleo)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

When it comes to dessert eating I am not even really sure what is considered "normal."  Is it normal to make a big giant batch of something on a Friday and then by Saturday night every last bit is gone? Maybe that's not completely normal but that's almost always what happens whenever I make something fun.  My family has no concept of the whole savoring of desserts thing.

Ever since I made these I have been kind of obsessed with the idea that I can make all the desserts that I had almost written off forever (due to the mass amounts of dairy and sugar) with my new favorite low carb, healthy cheesecake filling twin... cashew cream. Whew that was a big run on sentence but I am not changing it.  If making desserts with cashew cream is something new to you, you must try it and better yet don't tell anyone how you made your dessert and let your skeptical healthy dessert eating family and friends be the judge.  They will not know the difference and they will think you are a baking goddess.  I pinky promise.

What you will need for the crust:
  • 2 cups of almonds
  • 3 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 3 1/2 tbs of honey (sub maple syrup if you want to make these vegan) 
  • 2 tbs of coconut oil 
What you will need for the filling:
  • 2 cups of raw cashews * 
  • 1/3 cup of almond butter 
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of honey (sub maple syrup if you want to make these vegan) 
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs of vanilla 

* Soaking your cashews over night in a bowl of water will make the filling so much more creamy and that much more delicious!  If you have time for this extra step I highly recommend it. 

For the topping I simply melted together a little coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder until I had a sauce consistency and drizzled it over the top before freezing. 

  1. Place all of the ingredients for the crust in a food processor.  Process until everything can easily stick together.  If your crust does not seem to be sticky add a little more coconut oil and then continue to process. 
  2. Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and evenly distribute the crust ingredients along the bottom.  Press down firmly with your fingers or a spoon so that the crust will stick and hold together. 
  3. Place all the ingredients for the filling inside your food processor.  Process until you have a smooth cheesecake filling consistency. 
  4. Layer the filling on top of the crust. 
  5. Drizzle (I love that word) the chocolate sauce over the top. 
  6. Place in the freezer for about an hour or until the cheesecake is set.  And that's it!
  7. Enjoy! 

My husband and I both agreed that this was even yummier (if that is even possible) the next day after it had been frozen overnight.

If you make this please make sure to come back to let me know what you thought! 


natasha {schue love} said...

Oh you had me at cheesecake...and with almond butter?! I must try these stat!

Jordana said...

our normal is your normal!!! i have zero control when it comes to sweets in the house. if its here, we will eat it and it will be gone within a matter of 1-2 days. i used to feel guilty, now i just embrace it and enjoy it!

Danielle said...

These look so yummy, but I have such a hard time finding raw cashews, any suggestions on where I can find them?

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing this! Your recipes seriously save me!

simple green moms said...

that is totally normal in our household! we are lucky if dessert makes it to the next day =)

Rhiannon said...

How do you keep from just eating the filling batter?! Desserts go quickly in this house too. I know they're good when my husband keeps sneaking back into the kitchen … and there's a dead silence =)

Emily H said...

As a non-Paleo, non-vegan, I was really surprised how tasty these were. They're not at all a "compromise" dessert where you miss the egg/sugar/flour/whatever, and they're prefect to take in lunches because of the combined benefit of a sweet treat and the energy/staying power of the nuts.

As a note, I found them to be *really* rich so will next time lessen/halve the "filling" as I felt it overwhelmed the CRAZY good crust (to which I added cinnamon for its insulin benefit). I would also leave out the almond butter (unless it's a must for some reason?) because it's expensive and I nearly broke my food processor trying to make it from scratch. I also never got my filling to a super smooth texture, and found it also quite thick and I think that leaving out the almond butter would help this.

But ultimately total thumbs up from a girl with PCOS who needs to be on top of what she eats!

Amber said...

Okay, Where is the best and cheapest place to buy raw cashews???

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Amber- Check your local health food store in the bulk section.

Anonymous said...

I have tried this recipe. I have Gestational Diabetes but couldn't control myself after looking at your post. Prepared this one as soon as I'm done reading it. And ate this all by myself for couple of days. Surprisingly my readings didn't rise. Thank you sooo much for this recipe.


Anonymous said...

I've had these bookmarked forever, finally made them yesterday. My husband (who is also a type 1 diabetic) loves them, thanks for the awesome recipe!

Anonymous said...

Made these this weekend for a Girlfriend Gathering, since 2 aren't eating sugar, one is dairy free and one is gluten free. They were a TOTAL HIT! I'm lucky enough to have leftovers to enjoy, too. = )

Jamie, curlygirlpress.wordpress.com (since I can't comment the regular way via Wordpress right now)

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